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30 October 2006 @ 06:06 am
New vid - "Walk On The Ocean" - A Walk To Remember  
Vid Title: Walk On The Ocean
Fandom: A Walk To Remember
Artist/Song: Toad the Wet Sprocket - "Walk On The Ocean"
Duration: 4:14
Summary: Overview, focusing on the second half of the film
Characters: Jamie/Landon; Jamie's father, Landon's friends
Warning: Major spoilers

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Something about the second half of this movie felt very honest and human to me, and I just wanted to try to express that. Many of us have been through something like this - or know someone who has - so I tried to focus on the aspects of the movie that deal with losing someone we love. The dedication at the end is for the person I lost.

First attempt at Xvid encoding. Hope I didn't mess it up too badly.

Huge thanks to obsessive24 for the detailed beta.



Lyrics:

Walk On The Ocean - Toad the Wet Sprocket

we spotted the ocean at the head of the trail
where are we going? So far away
somebody told me that this is the place
where everything's better and everything's safe

walk on the ocean
step on the stones
flesh becomes water
wood becomes bone

half an hour later we packed up our things
said we'd send letters and all of those little things
they knew we were lying but they smiled just the same
it seemed they'd already forgotten we came

now back at the homestead where the air makes you choke
and people don't know you and trust is a joke
don't even have pictures, just memories to hold
they grow sweeter each season as we slowly grow old


Hope you enjoy the vid. Please share your thoughts.
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DC: zeldabananainpyjamas on October 30th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
Links are not working. =( I wanna see this!
bradcpu: Just Faithbradcpu on October 30th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's only because I'm an idiot. :P

Links should be working now.
DC: zeldabananainpyjamas on October 30th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Yay! I was interested in seeing what you did with this, since the movie isn't as inherently viddable as the other fandoms you've tackled.

I just love what you did with the intro. I haven't seen the whole movie, so the parts onstage were new to me, but I liked how you took dialogue from later parts of the movie and laid it over what looked like early scenes. And oh my god, I actually was not annoyed with whats-his-face while watching this vid. Trust me when I say that's a huge accomplishment.

I really liked the way you set up the narrative here. You included just enough to sort of "set the scene" when it comes to Jamie and Landon's relationship while still maintaining a focus on...I don't know how to put it. The idea that they both knew what they had would only be fleeting but that if given the chance neither would do anything differently.

I also liked that you didn't focus entirely on Landon and Jamie. I remember Jamie's relationship with her father also being an integral part of the film and I liked how you tied both relationships together by intercutting scenes (e.g. Jamie and Landon talking outside, Jamie with her father in the hospital).

I don't remember how the film handled Jamie's death, but I really liked what you did here, with the shot of Landon holding her in her hospital bed, followed by the shooting star and the shot of Landon obviously very upset in his car. Adding the clips of Landon with his friends at the end was also a nice way to show how the experience had changed him, although I'm glad the final shots were of only the two primary survivors, i.e. Landon and Jamie's dad.

All in all I thought this was a really great vid. You definitely did a good job of using the movie to explore broader themes of loss and grief. I'm only going to have to recommend that, considering how you tend to become consumed by the emotion and concepts behind your vids, you maybe tackle a happier subject for your next one. =)
bradcpu: slayerbradcpu on October 30th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
If by "not inherently viddable" you mean "filled with source footage crossfades that sabotage you at every turn," I wholeheartedly agree. Seriously, one of the things that made me want to vid this was that it was different visually and more narrative-focused. Plus this allowed me to get a little more experimental in some ways. For better or worse.

In the movie, the love story really began onstage during a performance of a musical set in the 1930s. So I wanted the opening to feel kind of dreamlike, sort of a too-perfect romance until the curtain falls. Because that's how the first half of the movie felt to me.

I don't know how to put it. The idea that they both knew what they had would only be fleeting but that if given the chance neither would do anything differently.

For not knowing how to put it, you really cut to the heart of what I was trying to say. And I felt like I really had to include the father because I think that makes the emotion more accessible, fandom aside. Honestly, I identified most with the father while watching the movie.

Her death in the film was a Landon voiceover describing their final days as the camera sweeps out of the church and points at the sky. I just tried to show her almost happily progressing toward death during that segment, the days ending, and so on.

I'm really glad you liked it. It's always interesting reading your thoughts, but I was especially curious since you were there when this idea was born. It was much more personal for me than it probably will be for most viewers, but I tried to make the emotion as general and open as possible.

considering how you tend to become consumed by the emotion and concepts behind your vids, you maybe tackle a happier subject for your next one

God I so agree. And... well, I don't know if you can call the next one "happy." But it's definitely about as different from this one as you can get. It's certainly what I need right now. This one killed me just a little.
Nickyobsessive24 on October 30th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
You decided to go the xvid route! It looks great. AutoGK?

I love the intro. It's so innovative and does exposition in the coolest way possible. And I really like what you did to the B&W filter so it's still 30s old film-y, but no longer so distractingly glowy.

I really like the changes you made to the main body, too. Generally it just flows so beautifully and tells the story in such a straightforward, unassuming way, letting the emotion come out to centre stage.

1:59 - oh my god, LOVE that! Is it just something that happens naturally on a cross-fade, or was it a different type of transition? Additive dissolve?

The wedding intercut with other scenes works so well, and I think the hard cuts vs dissolves really paid off there - the fewer number of cross-fades ended up emphasising the ones that are still there, which works really well emotionally. I loved the added stuff with the telescope motif.

And like dragonchic said, this is about something bigger than the movie; it's about exploring the broader themes of loss and grief and things not specific to the film or the characters in the film. I think that really came through in your treatment of it here. You did a fantastic job in simultaneously telling the story of the movie, and also making a statement about the more general themes behind it. It is a very honest, moving vid.
bradcpubradcpu on October 31st, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
AutoGK indeed. I was very surprised with the ease of use. You pretty much just hit a button and watch a countdown. Only complaint is that it won't seem to let you use a separate audio file (you're forced to use the audio that's attached to the source video), which seems odd. Otherwise, I was pretty much blown away. It looks worlds better than my variable bitrate WMV.

I'm glad you liked the changes you mentioned. I had changed many more things at one point to avoid vidder crossfades almost entirely, but I think that tipped the scale toward "abrupt". So I went back and looked for a happy medium. Because of the source, the narrative, the weight of the threads, the visual flow... there didn't seem to be a straight-up "solution" to some of our concerns. The best I could do was try to find the best compromise.

Again, I really appreciate all of your help with this. In the end I just couldn't bring myself to keep dwelling on the vid's concept. It's an interesting place to visit emotionally, but I can't handle much more than a visit.

The 1:59 moon-to-graveyard transition was in the source (to show a night-to-day transition much later in the film). I liked the symbolism and the slight external movement, so I stuck it just after the pan up at the dance. The graveyard shot is made all but useless by a deep dissolve to a shot of the beach, which didn't fit at the time. There are only about 15 "clean" frames of the graveyard before it starts crossfading again. So I ended the shot with a still to stop the movement and linger for a moment.

More than anything, I'm really glad you found it moving. This was really made for people who haven't seen the movie, so I'm hoping they can connect with the emotion on a general level. I just need to find a way to stop connecting with that emotion.
buffyannbuffyann on August 13th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
It's brad's marathon time !
(= I'm totally behind with the vidding world and I'm catching up vidder per vidder and now it's your turn :))

This is the first vid I see ion this "marathon" and it was oh so lovely. I can see you really evolved from then to "Vertigo", editing wise, but the video is still very beautiful and I can recognise some of your eye for beautiful transitions :). Of course, I'm a very sensitive and some would say, I quote "with a mind living on a prairie somewhere", so this vid certainely resonate in my heart.

I loved that you created something "simple" (that's a compliment), but real and just how the movie felt actually and why it touched me. The emotion triggered are simple but beautiful because real as life.
I definitely loved the intro. I'm a fan of including quotes and you set the story very well in just a few quotes, well chosen. I loved that it began and ended with Landon in his car.
I liked that you interwined happy and more tragic moment, it really felt like watching life going by...
Really, it was beautiful to watch and my heart thank you very much :)

bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 14th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
I'm totally behind with the vidding world and I'm catching up vidder per vidder and now it's your turn
That's really a cool idea! I should do that, too, as I'm way behind on some of my favorite vidders. I hope you've been enjoying the "bradathon" so far. :)

I can see you really evolved from then to "Vertigo"
That's lovely to hear. I'd like to think that I improve in some way as a vidder each time I make a new one, so it's reassuring that you see that progression.

so this vid certainely resonate in my heart
Then you and I are alike. The movie struck a chord with me because my mom died (very young) under similar circumstances. I wanted to show how it felt to live through something like that, and how there's something afterward that can't be expressed - that a part of you dies with them... but in some ways it makes them immortal to you.

I loved that it began and ended with Landon in his car
Thanks! Sometimes I think I use circular narratives too often, but I think this was the first one I ever did.

I just can't tell you how much it means to me that you watched and liked this. It probably had the fewest replies of any vid I've ever made, but I was OK with that because it was kind a very personal vid. But the fact that you relate so well to it, that makes your feedback so fulfilling.
buffyannbuffyann on August 14th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
It probably had the fewest replies of any vid I've ever made, but I was OK with that because it was kind a very personal vid. But the fact that you relate so well to it, that makes your feedback so fulfilling.
Im glad then :)
It makes sense that it's a personnal vid. It's not so much about the vidding, it's about something else. I love simple things, I think they're the most beautiful and there was certainely something like that about this vid. I can't quite explain it but it was sweet and touching :)
Kate: LotS c/k twitterhalfabubble on March 31st, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Hey dude...could you hook a girl up with this vid of yours? This is one of my favourite movies ♥
bradcpubradcpu on April 1st, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Your wish is my command! Uploading now, and I'll make a new post when it's finished.

It had honestly been years since I had watched the vid, and I've changed SO much as a vidder and a person since then (I mean *seriously*), so I had no idea what to expect. And, yeah, it made me cry. :P Then again, I'm a total sap.

Also - bonus! I just feedbacked my own vid! That bradcpu guy rocks!!
cozzybob: illyria - godkingcozzybob on April 1st, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
Aw. That was really sad--but I loved it. You managed to tell the story very coherent here and I didn't have to know anything about the movie to follow along (which is fortunate, because I've never seen it).

Very emotional--I loved the start, the middle was well done, and the ending was perfect. Great song choice, too! It may be an oldie, but I think this one is still up to par with your others. Which is a great thing. :)
bradcpubradcpu on April 1st, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
Aww, you watched it! Saps unite! *high five* Glad you were able to follow the story, and it's awesome that the emotion came through.

I think this one is still up to par with your others. Which is a great thing.
That's wonderful to hear. It's so different from my current vids, you know? Thanks for checking it out!
profshallowness: Lisbon looks downprofshallowness on April 17th, 2011 07:46 am (UTC)
This was trmendously affecting (more so than I remember the movie as being for me personally). Beginning with dialogue to set the context before leading into the song really worked.
bradcpu: F/B don't look backbradcpu on April 17th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I was pretty emotionally invested when making the vid, so it really means a lot to me to hear that I was able to get that across.

Edited at 2011-04-17 06:28 pm (UTC)